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RE: locales

From: Suzanne M. Topping <stopping@bizwonk.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 09:43:58 -0500
Message-ID: <427F53DA8F48E9498ADF0F868763F88C051703@wonkserver1.bizwonk.com>
To: <David_Possin@i2.com>, "Tex Texin" <texin@progress.com>
Cc: <cbrown@xnetinc.com>, <www-international@w3.org>, <www-international-request@w3.org>
Not sure if my note came through on this yesterday David, but I'm
willing to help moderate the group if you still need volunteers.

-----Original Message-----
From: David_Possin@i2.com [mailto:David_Possin@i2.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2001 3:13 PM
To: Tex Texin
Cc: cbrown@xnetinc.com; www-international@w3.org;
Subject: Re: locales


OK, I will open a locale forum in yahoo.groups, but I need at least 2
others willing to be managers to ensure quality out of experience, and
we also do not have time always to be active in the discussions. Looking
at the discussion so far I see at least 4 potential victims .... ;o)
Please let me know if there is enough interest to participate, either in
the list or by direct email. I will archive the threads so far in the
message area there. It would be nice if we could actually achieve


	"Tex Texin" <texin@progress.com> 

11/07/01 01:53 PM 

        To:        David_Possin@i2.com 
        cc:        cbrown@xnetinc.com, www-international@w3.org,
        Subject:        locales


If you would set up an archived forum, that would be great. It will save
me trying to identify which messages are relevant and saving them all on
my drive.

Mentioning time zones will, I am sure, insure a blast from Carl. (;-) I
look forward to it.)
One point is that a locale may include more than one zone (e.g. US goes
from EST, CST PST) so is ambiguous, and we may go down the trail of the
changes to daylight savings time may vary within a locale.

A key question for me is which of the many variables for
internationalization belong in a locale and which belong in some other

Maybe time and calendar should not be a function of locale...
Maybe currency should not be.

Which variables are best associated with the locale, which with the
data, and which with the application?
For example, since I develop database products, and I cannot have
indexes changing on me, I always include the rules for sorting in the
database, with the data.

I don't generally worry about hyphenation, I would probably keep rules
for that with the application (the choice being influenced but not
defined by locale).


** === big chop === **

Tex Texin                    Director, International Business
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